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Cold Steel – Gold Lion Wakizashi


Battle Ready
(1 customer review)
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Battle Ready

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    A companion sword to Cold Steels Golden Lion Katana, this Wakizashi matches it in craftsmanship and finish. Paired together they make a suitable daisho sword set. The blade is forged from folded steel and has been differentially tempered to possess a hardened edge coupled with a shock absorbing body and spine. Its Bo-Hi spine reduces weight and improves balance and handling for the warrior who desires a dextrous and swift-striking sidearm sword which still retains a substantial amount of cutting power.

    The tsuba, fuchi and kashira hilt fittings are of iron and are well-detailed in 24 karat gold leaf. The grip is wood and has panels of inlaid rayskin which is overlaid with knotted black tsuka-ito cord; a pair of brass menuki are fitted beneath the ito folds to complete the sword.

    The saya scabbard is crafted from wood and has a glossy black lacquer finish and a black cord sageo. Included with the Wakizashi is an embroidered sword bag.

    Please Note: Although these items are brand new & coming from Cold Steel some of the sayas /scabbards may suffer from minor scuffs & scrapes. We can no longer weed out the “blemished” items from this product as the majority of them come this way. Swords are still inspected by K.O.A. for more major defects.

    Overall Length28 3/4''
    Blade Length20 3/4''
    Weight1 lb 9.3 oz
    EdgeVery Sharp
    Width30.5 mm
    Thickness7.1 mm - 4.6 mm
    P.O.B.3 15/16''
    Grip Length6 3/8''
    Blade [1095/1060 Folded High Carbon Steel]
    ClassBattle Ready
    ManufacturerCold Steel
    Country of OriginChina

    1 review for Cold Steel – Gold Lion Wakizashi

    1. Brian Cassidy (verified owner)

      For this price, I was not impressed. Several workmanship or “fitment” issues that I believe should not be present for a $500 blade. Things like habaki/tsuba/fuchi/seppa all being very unevenly fitted, almost like it was rush sandwiched together. The tsuka has a few issues too. One of the menuki is literally sticking out very far from ito wrap and pokes/catches anything near it. The top mekugi peg looks like it was broken off as it has a raised portion sticking out quite far. The wood grip/same edges are clearly visible under the ito wrap. The blade is the only part I liked. The hamon looks good and the bo-hi pretty well done. The balance isn’t great, but it’s on the heavier side which is what I prefer. I knew right out of the box I didn’t like the fitment so I only cut a single slice though paper. Very sharp and cut easily. All in all I wouldn’t recommend unless you want a pretty blade on display to people who know nothing about Katana. You could find something much cheaper in that case. KOA has no fault in this and so far I like the KOA website quite a bit.

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